Third Party Lawsuit

What does Third Party Lawsuit mean?

A third party lawsuit is a lawsuit brought against another party other than the defendant for injuries suffered by the plaintiff. For instance, in a workers' compensation case if the employee is injured in a crane accident they may file a workers' compensation claim against their employer but also a third party lawsuit against the crane manufacturer.

Workers' compensation laws generally do not allow a worker to file a personal injury lawsuit against their employer for work injuries, but they may sue other at-fault persons or entities. Compensation for third party lawsuits is similar to other injury cases, and the injured party may be awarded compensation for past and future medical expenses, past and future lost wages, past and future pain and suffering, past and future disability, and past and future disfigurement if they can prove the third-party's negligence lead to their injuries.

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